Dean Smith offered the Norwich head coach job SIX days after leaving Aston Villa


Dean Smith has officially been offered the manager’s job at struggling Norwich City, it is understood, with the former Aston Villa boss expected to take over imminently.

Norwich sacked Daniel Farke last weekend with the basement club already five points adrift of safety, although the decision was announced just hours after they picked up their first win of the season at Brentford.

And it appears that Smith, 50, is set for a return to management just six days after departing Villa Park – with his arrival to be announced shortly.

Dean Smith has been offered the Norwich boss role after his Aston Villa exit, it is understood

At it stands, nothing has been fully agreed between all parties – however, the expectation is that the deal will be wrapped up. 

Reports have suggested that Craig Shakespeare, the former Leicester head coach, is expected to follow Smith as his No 2 after assisting him at Villa.

Sportsmail reported that Frank Lampard dropped out of the running for the vacancy yesterday, in a move which paved the way for Smith to become the leading contender. 

Daniel Farke was dismissed last weekend with the club five points adrift of top-flight safety

Daniel Farke was dismissed last weekend with the club five points adrift of top-flight safety

Boss Smith is also expected to bring his No 2 Craig Shakespeare (left) with him to Carrow Road

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Boss Smith is also expected to bring his No 2 Craig Shakespeare (left) with him to Carrow Road

Lampard, the ex-Chelsea manager, held talks with Norwich about succeeding Farke, but is no longer a candidate after pulling his name out of consideration. 

Smith, who helped lead Villa into the Premier League and build them towards a push for Europe, will now set his sights on helping his new club avoid another relegation.

The Athletic adds that Norwich were keen to keep their search for a new manager away from the public eye – but Smith, during his interviews, is believed to have impressed club chiefs with his knowledge of their struggles.

A picture posted by his son, Jamie, appears to show that Smith is currently in New York, suggesting his chats with his potential new club took place remotely. 

After impressing Norwich chiefs, Smith is currently in New York City to spend time with family

After impressing Norwich chiefs, Smith is currently in New York City to spend time with family

Frank Lampard was initially a contender for the job but soon pulled his name out of contention

Frank Lampard was initially a contender for the job but soon pulled his name out of contention 

He departed Villa after the club lost five top-flight matches in a row and fell into 15th place in the table – and Steven Gerrard has now replaced him. 

Norwich will resume their dogfight in the lower reaches of the standings after the international break when they take on Southampton. 

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Swansea boss Russell Martin was also linked to the hotseat, with the former Norwich captain having openly admitted to wanting to manage his old club one day.  

The Carrow Road outfit have lost eight of their 11 league games this season, a testing start which sparked doubts over Farke’s ability to spare them from the drop.  

Farke said he was 'quite long term' at Norwich after speaking out following his Norwich axing

Farke said he was ‘quite long term’ at Norwich after speaking out following his Norwich axing

Soon after his axing, Farke insisted that he was ‘quite long term’ at Norwich in a cut-throat business after issuing a statement via the League Managers Association. 

He reflected on his four-and-a-half years there and also thanked the fans for their support during his 208 matches in charge.  

‘We, and by that I mean our coaching staff of Edmund Riemer, Christopher John, Chris Domogalla and myself have had a great time at Norwich City which has now come to an end,’ Farke’s statement read. 

‘We leave Norwich with great pride, having worked for this exceptional club for almost four and a half years means a lot to us. 

In a message issued by the League Managers Association, Farke thanked fans for their support

In a message issued by the League Managers Association, Farke thanked fans for their support 

‘Our special thanks go to the fans who have always supported the team and us, making the many great moments at Carrow Road unforgettable, two promotions to the Premier League together will connect us forever. 

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‘Working with the players was a great pleasure during all that time, as we had great trust in each other. We wish the team all the best and we are confident that they will be successful as the team spirit in the dressing room is second to none.

‘Football is a short term business and for that we were quite long term in Norwich because it was made possible by Delia Smith, Michael Wynn Jones and Stuart Webber.

‘Good bye, Canaries. We’ll see you again.’



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